By Mirembe Martina
The long awaited construction of the Kasubi Tombs is going to begin today.
Kasubi tombs were located on the outskirts of Kampala city. They were a royal site where four of Buganda’s kings were buried but was burnt to the ground in April 2011.
The construction will begin after Buganda government signed an agreement with Omega Constructions who are going to be in charge of constructing the tombs. The news were confirmed by Hajj Muhammoud Sekimpi who said the contract was signed last year.
Construction is expected to last 15 months and the tombs are expected to be in better conditions than the last tombs which were burnt to the ground.
Uganda government gave Sh2b to Buganda Kingdom as its contribution towards the reconstruction of Kisubi tombs. The contribution was announed by the Buganda Katikiro (Prime Minister), Eng J.B Walusimbi who also announced that total amount of money from well-wishers amounts to Shs748.5m while the United Nations Agency for Culture and Education (UNESCO gave Sh1.2b, through the government of Japan.
The Katikiro announced that he had appointed Price Waterhouse Coopers to oversee the accountability of the reconstruction funds.
Kasubi was a former palace of Buganda king Kabaka Mutesa I, was built in 1882 and converted into a royal burial ground in 1884.